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Over the Edge Radio

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Over The Edge Radio Archive (Seeland 031). Negativland's live mix radio show "Over The Edge" has been the longest-running block of free-form audio collage in radio history. With Negativland's Don Joyce at the helm, the weekly show was broadcast from KPFA FM in Berkeley California from 1981 to 2015. His death on July 22, 2015 closed a very large and long chapter in the group's history.

Here is how Don and Negativland described Over The Edge in texts drawn from over three decades of promoting the show:

"OTE's weekly themed mixes are made live and spontaneously on the air from a variety of formats and equipment used to do live sound cut ups and collage while mixing, including the frequent use of the now long dead analog technology of radio broadcast cart machines. On each themed episode of OTE there is a plan and there is no plan. Existing within the parallel universe of the Universal Media Netweb, the OTE mix consists of found sounds of many kinds from many sources put together on the run as the continuous audio collage progresses, along with live electronics (often from our Boopers), live sound processing, and all sorts of reccuring themes, topics and characters. Some of the shows involve all of Negativland, while some involve others outside of our group who participate semi-regularly. Beyond those, there are regular solo show broadcasts by Negativland member Don Joyce, who is the FCC license holder and responsible for filling the radio slot each week. All in all, if you like Negativland, you will like these shows, no matter who is involved, as they all maintain a "Negativ" touch based on our live mixing techniques. OTE often employs “Receptacle Programming,” which means you. Phone callers are punched into our mix with no warning. Call 510-848-4425 to deposit your programming. When your phone stops ringing, you’re on the air. Don’t say 'hello'."

A good overview of Over The Edge, Negativland, and Don Joyce's legacy can be found at this link.

Don's detailed 1995 essay about "Over The Edge."

For an informative bio on Negativland's past, present, and future, try this link.

Besides Negativland's many studio recordings, over the years a small selection of Over The Edge shows have been carefully edited into CD releases, often with elaborate packaging, and can be found here.

For updates on what the group is currently up to try Negativland's Facebook page.

NOTE 1: This archive began in September of 2015 by posting 941 three-to-five-hour-long episodes of Over The Edge from Don’s own personal air checks. That's over 3200 hours of live radio. There are still gaps in this archive to be filled over time (especially the early years. The 2015 shows will go live soon), so please contact Negativland at ote@negativland if you have any shows that we are missing. When you do, put "OTE" in the subject line. Our spam filters are set on high, and anything not having that tag will be junked. We're figuring that spam robots are not yet sophisticated enough to understand this paragraph, so we should be safe for a while.

NOTE 2: Individual show descriptions found here are mostly written by Don, but if a show description is missing and you’d like to contribute one, write it up as a "review" of the episode and let us know that you posted it. We are working on new and better ways to search this archive, and if you have ideas about that, drop us a line. And if you are that person who listens to every single show up here, however many years it takes you, please tell us!

NOTE 3: From 1981 to 1985, Over The Edge was on Sunday nights from 2am to 7pm. From 1985 onwards, the show has been on Thursday nights from midnight until either 3am or 5am, depending on which week of the month it was. The show was never on for the first week of each month, which is why there are never 52 shows in any given year.

NOTE 4: Though Over The Edge and Receptacle Programming continues to exist, evolve, and is still broadcasting each week on KPFA FM, this archive consists of the episodes helmed by Don Joyce. Once we have all of 2015 up, it will end on the episode broadcast immediately after his passing, "There Is No Don."

"To create is divine. To reproduce is human." - Man Ray.

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Over the Edge: California Superstation. Originally aired in January of 1983 on KPFA radio. Runtime 3h:23m:44s. The California Super Station was Dick Vaughn's precursor programming to "Moribund Music Of The 70s." This is a combination of two CSS shows from '83 and '84. Although Dick's OTE CDs have all the records edited out, this is how it was done on the air with all the 70s cuts played in their entirety. The radio point here was to "convince" KPFA listeners that the station...
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Over the Edge Radio
Feb 1, 1988
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Over the Edge: Time Zones Exchange Project
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Over the Edge Radio
Jun 16, 1988
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Over the Edge: Secret Business
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Over the Edge Radio
Mar 8, 1990
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An all-Dick Vaughn experience this week - Dr. Oslo Norway brings on Dick himself to have a quick chat about this spotlight on various projects Dick has brought to Over The Edge over the last decade. The audience-infuriating California Superstation is played to great lengths, as well as The Perfect Cut (b-side to 1989's Helter Stupid), a radio-industry-oriented Negativland performance piece. We finish off with Moribund Music of the 70s, which was the 1984-era Over the Edge show that first set...
Over the Edge Radio
Jun 21, 1990
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The comedian who changed comedy forever, Lenny Bruce fused social and political anxieties with amazingly perceptive reflection, improvising most of it in a rapid blaze of expletive laden language for which he was eventually hounded literally to death. Smoky dives, beatniks, jazz, and 50s60s hipness formed his environment, with the cops watching every move. By the end of his career, he was talking almost exclusively about his own legal problems which, while tedious to some at the time, now...
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Over the Edge Radio
Jun 1, 1994
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Over the Edge: Let's Scare the Weatherman
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Over the Edge Radio
Nov 1, 1995
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Over the Edge: OTE Debunks
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Over the Edge Radio
Jun 28, 2001
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An unexpected 5 hour show. Carrying on the enormous burden of delivering music from the Devil, himself, we carry over Satanic black Death music from last week, as well as the very FIRST meeting of Pastor Dick and Harold Camping via telephone and demonic carbon monoxide, then musical suicide by Judas Priest and the resulting court testimony on develish musical hypnotism. Subliminal back masking, Demon possession and exorcisms, rock sonics as a mind altering tool of the devil, Dick Vaughn goes...
Over the Edge Radio
Nov 8, 2001
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The CD release of "Dick Vaughn's Moribund music Of The 70s" produces this retro look at Dick's various music formats from the 80s, with cuts from the double CD, and various unreleased material from his other attempts at music formats from that era like Total Radio. The stellar carreer of Dick Vaughn is traced through phone pranks from his living room all the way to his culminating position as a leading air personality for The Universal Media Netweb. Then he died a horrible death in a...
Over the Edge Radio
Nov 22, 2001
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On this Thanksgiving night we set up at the Walnut Bowl in Walnut Creek for a remote broadcast of "The Ultimate Pin Smack," a rough and tumble roll by roll shout fest with Zack Hassaway, Bud Choke, Crosley Bendix, the Weatherman, Corla Bin Pandit, Velma, and Harold Camping who all.... Oh never mind. This farce about a farce is a multi-leveled disaster from top to bottom, and rather funny for that reason. Mangled scripts, composure lost, and embarrassing moments typify this elaborate...
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Over the Edge Radio
Mar 18, 2004
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All the above shows clipped and mixed and played straight, the Princess Diana tapes, The Who, Dick Vaughn from his beginning to his end, Elvis Presley and Lisa Marie. Casey Kasem and the 180 Gs, Howard Stern, Eminem, and famous names mixed with famous names in the modern world. The sole subject of celebrity has now taken over about 90% of all TV programming.
Over the Edge Radio
Oct 13, 2005
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The vastness of how radio isn't done continues, including Firesign Theatre, God, the Beatles, Howard Stern, Tom Donahue, Dick Vaughn, Negativland on the BBC's "Mixing It", Bob and Ray, the final end of that tour broadcast from Evanston Ill., and we wind it up with some over the edge Islamic broadcasting with Patti Smith.
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Over the Edge Radio
Nov 10, 2005
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On we go with lots more unrepentant radio. Firesign Theatre, Bob and Ray, Howard Stern, and the inimitably dead Dick Vaughn help to bring you wrong listening, stopping only for some 60s music broadcasting nostalgia.
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Over the Edge Radio
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The series refocuses on one individual, Richard Lyons, founding member of Negativland, whose radio characters (Pastor Dick, Dick Goodbody, and Dick Vaughn) have graced OTE programs since the early 80s. We review this "legend of radio" through many segments of Pastor Dick shows, including endless Bible Quizzes, and Dick Goodbody contests on TV and commercial product trivia. A genius of how radio isn't done.
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Don't worry, this is the last one. But we couldn't sum up the career of Richard Lyons without focusing on his culmination of radio disconcertion, Dick Vaughn. This guy was all about Moribund Music Of The 70s, and he did it first. Bringing 70s nostalgia to the early 80s, Dick Vaughn shrewdly tapped in to all that music that captivated his listener demographics when they were in high school, and they rewarded him with somewhat questionable devotion. Then he died in a plane crash. Well, let's move...
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